From Georgia. The Country.

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the PR folks for Bagrationi.

I’ve had wine from a few far flung places. But most of my wine drinking experience comes from larger producing countries, like the US, France, Australia, etc. Once in a while I get a chance to taste wine from somewhere totally different, as is the case today. I’m doubly pleased with this wine since it’s from Georgia, the country, where I’ve never had a wine from before, and it’s a sparkling wine, so it contributes to my mission of drinking more sparkling wine this year!  We tried the 2007 Bagrationi Reserve Brut first, which had a traditional Champagne closure, clocked in at 13% alcohol by volume, and retails for $20.

On the nose I found yeast, lemon, pineapple, sourdough bread, and a some other tropical notes.  In the mouth the tropical notes came to the forefront for me, with pineapple, and citrus rounding out the flavors. The sparkling had great bubbles and nice acidity.  I also think this adds some more grapes to my list of grapes for the Century Club, being composed of Chinebuli, Mtsvane and Tsitska, though I need to look those up to make sure they don’t also go by other names. For $20 this is a great and interesting sparkler that I would definitely keep an eye out for.